Channa asiatica (Linnaeus, 1758)
Small snakehead
photo by CAFS

Family:  Channidae (Snakeheads)
Max. size:  20 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Asia: Yangtze River basin in central China, Taiwan, Hainan Island to the Red River basin of northern Viet Nam (Ref. 43157). Also reported from Japan and Sri Lanka (Ref. 559).
Biology:  Generally restricted to relatively narrow regions, characterized by humid rainforest climate (Ref. 43157). Feed on crustaceans, insect larvae and fish.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 01 October 2009 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 06.04.93
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 04.06.12

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